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April Newsletter

MONONA COUNTY 4-H NEWS

4-H YOUTH COUNCIL NANCY MCGRAIN COUNTY EXTENSION County Youth Coordinator nmcgrain@iastate.edu

Ronda MacClure, Whiting Larry Kreger, Onawa Gale Miller, Soldier Laurie Benson, Danbury

MELISSA BEERMANN COUNTY EXTENSION 4-H Program Assistant mbeerman@iastate.edu

Dave Hoagland, Mapleton Judy Mulder, Mapleton Amy Card, Onawa Lisa Bruning, Castana Katie Keitges, Onawa Shelbi Vermeys, Hornick Rick Watson Turin EXTENSION COUNCIL Geri Johnson, Onawa Lisa Bruning, Castana Laura Neldeberg, Whiting

Calendar of Events April 13 April 15 April 21-27 May 15 May 15 May 15 May 30 June 1

Norman Parker, Mapleton Robert Haack, Whiting

June 10

FSQA training, Extension Office, 9:30-11:30 am FSQA training, Methodist Church, Mapleton, 6:30-8:30 pm National Volunteer Week Animal Livestock ID’s due to Extension Office Hogs and Sheep must be tagged and identified and papers in the Extension Office 4-H’ers for 4-H Campaign money due to Extension Office Fishing Evening at Grey’s Landing. 5-8pm. Hosted by the Outdoor Adventure Club Entries due for 4-H Communications and Fashion Revue/Clothing Selection; Pride of Iowa Special 4-H Award Applications Due

Sharon Holverson, Moorhead Cheryl Warner, Onawa Jean Powell, Mapleton Kelly Coberly, Moorhead

Livestock ID’s due May 15th Livestock ID’s are due to the Extension Office by May 15, 2013. (blue sheets) This form identifies your animal 4-H projects for the year. Fair entries are due July 1. Those due will identify which of your 4-H animal projects you are entering and in which classes they are entered in at the county fair. You forfeit your county fair premium money if either of these forms is late.

119 IOWA AVENUE, ONAWA, IOWA 51040 | 712-423-2175 | MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:00AM-4:30PM LEARN MORE AT WWW.EXTENSION.IASTATE.EDU/4H/MONONA Iowa State University Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.


4-H Fruit Sales a Success Again We want to congratulate and thank everyone who made the fruit sales a success again this year. Over $26,600.00 worth of fresh fruit was sold! The fruit was purchased through Minntex Corporation of Windom, MN as in the past. Profits are divided between the 4-H clubs and the county 4-H fund. The funds provide scholarships to 4H’ers for 4-H activities and camps, and support 4-H events. Thanks to all leaders in coordinating pickup, County Council, as well as those adults who helped unload the truck and help sort fruit. Things went smoothly with good help and good fruit.

Top fruit sales people were: Courtney Davis, Bobcats 4-H Club, selling $1497; Lauryn Teel, Whiting Badgers 4-H Club, $1099; Sara Maule, Franklin Go-Getters 4-H Club, $967; and Easton Conlon, Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Club, $943. GOOD JOB, OUTSTANDING! They each received a $25 check with appreciation for their efforts.

National Volunteer Week National Volunteer Week is April 21-27. There are many volunteers in the 4-H program. This is a week to recognize them in a special way. Leaders, committee members, and parents give numerous hours to help build the youth program in our county. Show them your appreciation by sending them a card, give them a call on the telephone, or make them cookies or a gift. They are special and give lots of their time up, treat them special this week!

FSQA Training The 4-H Food Safety and Quality Assurance program is in place for the State Fair and Monona County Fair 2013 for Beef, Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, and Rabbits. All Junior members need to attend the training- even if they came last year (this includes bucket calf, breeding and market beef.) Discover 4-H members with bucket calves, rabbits or chickens do not have to attend. Intermediate and senior 4-H’ers need to attend the training unless they took the test and passed it. Jr’s and Sr’s may opt to take the test an hour before the training.

If you took the test as an intermediate, you need to take the test when you become a senior 4-H’er. All exhibitors showing animals, except for horse and dog, are required to attend. When 4-H’ers meet the 4-H FSQA certification, they have also meet the Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance Certification. FSQA training will be offered on Saturday, April 13th, at the Monona County Extension Office from 9:30-11:30 am and Monday, April 15th, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Mapleton from 6:30-8:30 pm. If you are an intermediate or senior 4-H’er and would like to take the test, you can take it an hour before the training either day.


Recipes & Resources for Food Preservation Are you eagerly awaiting spring and the fresh fruits and vegetables that come with spring? You may even be thinking about preserving those fresh foods and bringing them to the county fair. As you can those vegetables, fruits, salsas, etc., make sure that you are using recipes and procedures approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Those recipes have been tested and will result in safe and delicious food. Check out Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Food Preservation website at: http:// www.extension.iastate.edu/healthnutrition/food/ resources.htm for links to approved recipes. Please note that only recipes that have been tested and approved by the USDA will be allowed to be displayed at the county fair. If you have questions, you can contact the County

New Clothing Event Format on Judging Day Participants at the Clothing Event will be able to take part in educational sessions along with conference judging in the Clothing Selection, Fashion Revue, and $15 Challenge Classes.

New Sewing Challenge Are you ready for a challenge? Do you like to sew or want to learn how to sew? Do you want to make something to give to others? The Monona County Sewing Challenge combines the Sewing and Needle Arts and Citizenship Projects into one fun challenging event. Your task in 2013 is to create a walker caddy for nursing home residents to use.

2012 Sewing Challenge: Tote Bags

Monona County, Pride of Iowa Take an ingredient from Iowa and include it in a recipe and you will be able to participate in the Pride of Iowa. Entries may be made as an individual or as a team. The member or team prepares or demonstrates how to make the recipe.

They are not required to talk or give a verbal presentation, but should be prepared to answer the questions fair goers or judges might ask and furnish “bite-sized samples”. Premium points will be given this year. Try out the fun!

Where do I find 4-H resources? There are many resources available for use with 4-H clubs. The Iowa 4-H Program encourages 4-H Volunteers to use activities, crafts, games, etc. found in research based materials, especially those created or endorsed by the Cooperative Extension System and/or land-grant universities. When looking for activities go to eXtension Search, http://www.extension.org/ search.


OUT OF COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Animal Science Roundup, “Unmask Your Opportunities” It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to start sharing and promoting the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Dates have been set for June 25-27, 2013 and the materials are ready to go. You will find registration materials on the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference website next week: http:// www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/ Iowa4hyouthConference/. Please note that the workshop options may be adjusted slightly as we continue to finetune and add options.

The price this year is $150/person. Registrations must be postmarked by May 24 for the regular rate. You will also see some slight changes in the schedule. The website will continue to be updated this spring as we have more information to share with you. Please, also don’t hesitate to ask if you questions. Brenda Allen: bsallen@iastate.edu or 515-294-1567

2013 Monona County Fair - July 10-14, 2013 Keep up to date by viewing Monona County Extension’s website and also the Monona County Fair Association’s website. You’ll find forms for ID’ing to entries, schedule of events, and even pictures from the fair! www.extension.iastate.edu/monona/mononacountyfair

www.mononacountyfair.com


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MONONA COUNTY 4-H NEWS Pheasants Forever Supports Monona County’s 4-H SESS Program ISU Extension and Outreach Monona County is excited about the Shooting Sports Program that is continuing to grow in Monona County under the leadership of Jerry Rice. The Safety Education in Shooting Sports Program (SESS) is growing in Iowa also showing evidence of a positive impact by providing an opportunity to reach youth with this special interest through targeted training and experiences. In an effort to expand the archery and shot gun programs, Nancy McGrain, 4-H Youth Coordinator, put in a request to Pheasants Forever for financial assistance to purchase some new supplies. They have graciously given the program a check for $1000 to purchase things like archery animal targets and supplies for the shot gun discipline including biodegradable clay targets, ammunition, a clay trap shooter, and a youth shotgun. This money was a match of $1000 from a Monsanto grant. These generous contributions will assist in giving members more opportunities in their learning to be safe in shooting sports and having fun.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its program and activities on the basis of race, color, natural origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Many materials can be made available in alternative formats for ADA clients. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW - Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964. Cooperative Extension Service, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.

Monona County Extension 119 Iowa Avenue Onawa, Iowa 51040

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